A horrific statistic was revealed the day before Thanksgiving. The New York Times reported that this year, under Biden’s leadership, more Americans have died from coronavirus than last year, even with the vaccine readily available.
The Times cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tuesday figures, which reported 386,233 coronavirus-related fatalities in the U.S. for 2021. In all of 2020, the U.S. recorded 385,343 deaths. The former figure is only expected to rise, as there is still over one month left of the year.
Citing “experts,” the Times attributed the increased fatalities this year on a “confluence of factors,” focusing primarily on what it described as “crucially lower-than-needed vaccination rates, but also the relaxation of everyday precautions, like masks and social distancing, and the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant.”
Per the Times:
Essentially, public health experts said, many Americans are behaving as though Covid-19 is now a manageable, endemic disease rather than a crisis — a transition that will happen eventually but has not happened yet.
Yet many are also refusing to get vaccinated in the numbers required to make that transition to what scientists call “endemicity,” which would mean the virus would still circulate at a lower level with periodic increases and decreases, but not spike in the devastating cycles that have characterized the pandemic. Just 59 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, the lowest rate of any Group of 7 nation.
Blaming the “lower-than-needed vaccination rates” appears to defy logic; the vaccine has been readily available for most of the year.
The world became hostage to the virus in 2020. The Trump administration managed to get vaccine production going through Operation Warp Speed. This year the population was able to receive the vaccination. However, it has been identified that vaccinated individuals can spread and contract the virus.
The “relaxation of everyday precautions” has attributed to the increased fatalities, the Times argues – officials argued vaccines would pave the way for Americans to return to pre-pandemic normalcy during the vaccine rollout. However, many localities and blue states have reintroduced restrictions regardless of vaccination status, proving that false.
However, The Sunshine State, under constant scrutiny for prioritizing personal freedoms and refusing to lock the state down, continues to have the lowest coronavirus case rate per capita in the nation.
Even at the height of the pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) did not put a statewide mask mandate in place.
Last Wednesday, the Time’s coronavirus tracker showed Florida’s daily average of 1,397 cases, or seven per 100,000 – the lowest per capita rate in the nation. The most recent figures in Florida reflect a five percent reduction in cases over the last 14 days.
Illinois reinstituted mandates and has a reported daily average of 4,599 cases or 36 per capita. Over the same time period, it represents an increase of 73 percent.
Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania, all blue states, are seeing a similar trend.
During the second presidential debate last year, then-candidate Biden blamed President Trump for the coronavirus-related deaths in the United States.
“220,000 Americans dead,” Biden said.” If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this — anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.”